Archive for February, 2006

I’m off to Washington

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Hard to believe that less than 8 hours from now I’ll be on a plane to Washington DC for the National Bike Summit. I’m all packed (I think) and right now I’m printing up a copy of the BTA’s Blueprint for Better Biking to read on the plane.
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“Bicycle Oregon” to focus on tourism

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Officials from Travel Oregon, Cycle Oregon and other bike groups are behind a movement to establish Oregon as a major destination for two-wheeled tourism. Working behind the scenes for about 2 years now, they have announced a day-long “Bicycle Oregon Summit” in Eugene this March April.

The goal of the summit – which will feature a keynote speech by congressman Peter DeFazio – is to introduce their vision to industries that stand to gain from the economic impact of “bicycle destination travelers.” These industries include bicycle and parts manufacturers, bike shops, bike clubs, bike tour companies, local tourism boards, wineries, breweries, hotel companies, airlines, and so on.
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Update: Pedalpalooza planning in full swing!

Monday, February 27th, 2006
kick off parade

[From the ’05 Kickoff Parade]

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls of all ages…the world’s largest festival of bike fun is set to commence June 8-24th. That’s right folks, planning for Pedalpalooza 2006 has officially begun.

What’s Pedalpalooza? It’s two weeks of creative, fun, bike craziness that has happened every year since Portland hosted BikeSummer back in 2002. To get an idea of how big and amazing this event is, look no further than last year’s calendar, which included a Bike Kiss-in, a Clown House Circus, and an Atomic War Preparedness Ride just to name a few.

There’s always an official Kickoff Parade and the whole thing is capped off by the Multnomah County Bike Fair, a “one-day carnival of mayhem, music, a midway of activities and an arena of events.”
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Stolen: Redline Conquest

Monday, February 27th, 2006

[Posted by “Kim”]

Please Keep a Look Out For My 54cm Redline Conquest Tour!

Hello all, my six month old Redline Conquest Tour that I loved so dearly was stolen from PSU on Thursday the 23rd of February. It is a red 54cm roadbike, serial number S(or 5?)3IK00219. Any tips towards it’s recovery would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Kim

City wants feedback on new signs

Sunday, February 26th, 2006
BTA New Year's Day Ride

[Nice signs, but do they work?]

Have you seen these signs popping up around town? They’re officially known as bikeway network signs and according to City of Portland bicycle coordinator Roger Geller, there are finally enough of them installed that you should be able to rely on them to find your way. But just to make sure, Roger wants us to test them out and let him know where improvements can be made.

He’s sent me a special map of the city’s bike routes with a boundary drawn (in red) around where the signs have gone up. So if you have a few extra minutes, pick out a destination on one of these signs and see if you can get there without any wrong turns. If you already know your way around, try and act like you’re new in town and let the signs be your guide. Or better yet, encourage your less-bikey family and friends to use them and see what they think.

But before you give feedback, Roger wants to share the following:
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Bike thief wants job, gets arrested instead

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I can’t get enough of stolen bike recovery stories. This one, involving a bike recently listed here, is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

On Monday a reader named “jeffcycles” got his beloved Eddy Merckx stolen from the PSU campus. He quickly spread the word and told everyone he knew to keep an eye out for it.

A few days later the thief walked into a local restaurant with the bike in tow, wanting to apply for a job. The hostess at the restaurant was a cyclist and could tell that something was fishy with the bike. She could tell it didn’t quite fit with the guy so she asked him a few questions about it. Not satisfied with his responses she got on the phone and called her friend, who happens to be a bike shop mechanic and member of the PSU Cycling Club.
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Free “Village Bicycle Tour” happens Sunday

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Two local non-profits are teaming up to spread the word about their programs with a free bike tour through Southeast Portland. The Portland Peace and Justice Center and City Repair will host the Village Bicycle Tour this Sunday.

The 2.5 hour ride will be a guided tour of City Repair’s community-building projects around Southeast Portland. According to organizers, the ride is “designed to give riders an intro to City Repair, followed up by an infoshare on the Sustainable Energy in Motion Bike Tours that are organized by the Portland Peace and Justice Center.” There will also be a free vegan lunch at the end of the ride.

More details and an RSVP sign up form are available on the event website.

Stolen: Jamis Dakar

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

[Posted by “Eric”]

My black Jamis Dakar Sport was stolen in NW Portland sometime between 2/22 and 2/24.

It’s a 15″ fully suspended bike with disk brakes and clipless pedals.

It does not have a front wheel…I kept that in my apartment.

Any info would be awesome!



My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw

Yesterday I met up with pro bike racer, Doug Ollerenshaw. Doug is a Portland native and races for Health Net/Maxxis, one of the top teams in the U.S.

Long time readers might remember hearing about him last April when I reported on his epic victory at the Sea Otter Classic race down in California. You also might have seen him at the Twilight Criterium which took place downtown last August.
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City looking to hire bike delivery people

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

The City of Portland Office of Transportation is looking to fill three temporary bike delivery positions. Here are the details:
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